Chalkboard Coasters

chalkboard numbered coasters

Want a quick and easy project that also makes a great gift?  Chalkboard coasters. I got these wood sliced coasters at World Market awhile back (but you could easily find yourself a log and saw it up)  and grabbed some of my DecoArt chalkboard paint. I just squeezed some of the paint onto the coaster and painted it up to the bark border.  I let it dry for a couple hours. After it was dry, I rubbed some chalk across it to … [Read more...]

10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring Cleaning Tips

It's not quite spring yet, and so many of you are experiencing the worst winter snows ever. But where I live it's cold outside but sunny. Which makes me want to pretend it's spring and start cleaning like crazy! I got the cleaning bug this morning and started to rearrange furniture and sort the toys, it's such a great feeling. For those of you wanting to clean house this spring, here are 10 spring cleaning tips and tricks! 1. Try these … [Read more...]

Olive Tapas

olives from spain tapas

I was thinking the other day how fun it will be this summer in my new neighborhood.  The thing about moving into a brand new development is that everyone is eager to be friends...at least mine seems to be.  We are already bonding with our neighbors and I feel friendship with them in a way that took me years to accomplish in my other apartments.  It seems that when you live in an apartment--at least in my experience--people view you as transient … [Read more...]

DIY Doorway Trim

door way trim

I recently gave my entry a makeover.  I added some beautiful board and batten which you can find a tutorial for here.  (It's a little different in the tutorial, but it's not hard to figure out how to adjust it.)  But at the end of the board and batten is a large doorway that leads to the master suite.  We wanted this to be trimmed out, so I planned it in with the board and batten project. Here's the before--you can see how boring it … [Read more...]

Cans Get You Cooking

Tuscan Spinach and Bean Soup

I'm all about fresh food first.  However, I don't always buy things fresh because of price or convenience or if I think I won't use it before it goes bad.  I use some frozen, but I use canned as well.  And some foods I use exclusively canned.  For example--beans.  Let me tell you a story:  Once upon a time I was still learning to cook and I thought one day that I might make something with a bag of hard beans.  So I bought the bag and then they … [Read more...]